Going Back in Time at Ebey’s Landing

Going Back in Time at Ebey’s Landing

By: Shelby May 30, 2013 7:30 pm 2 comments

Recently, we decided to try something different than our normal mountain-and-river fare. I set my sights on Whidbey Island for its sweeping views of the Puget Sound, Olympic Peninsula, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Baker. How awesome does that sound?! The Saturday weather promised to be phenomenal too – 50 degrees and sunny – the most beautiful day of the year so far. It would be a crime to not go on an adventure (I think it’s actually illegal to not enjoy sunny days in Washington before summer begins).

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This was the first trip to Whidbey Island for the both of us, so we took the scenic route up through Mt. Vernon and down through Deception Pass. The drive was beautiful and the inspiration for many future blog posts! My pictures from Deception Pass didn’t turn out very well, so I’m just going to use that as an excuse to go back and camp there sometime later this summer.

View from the trail

View from the trail

Ebey’s Landing is a National Historic Reserve, named for Colonel Isaac Neff Ebey, one of the first non-native settlers of Whidbey Island in the 1850s. Park at the Sunnyside Cemetery, the resting ground for many of the first pioneers and founders of the community on Whidbey Island. Walk downhill between the freshly plowed and steaming fields towards the water. You’ll pass by one of the blockhouses that Colonel Ebey built to defend his land claim. Past this, you reach a fork, and you can either hike up along the top of the bluffs, or down to the beach far below. We decided to go up first, and found we were in for a fairly vertigo-inducing treat. The trail is unshaded for the most part, which made the hillside seem all the more steep.

Down the trail we go

Down the trail we go

The views were fantastic though; we could see ships and ferries out on the water, Mt. Rainier to the south, Mt. Baker to the east, and the Olympic Mountains to the west, shrouded in clouds. Bald eagles soared just overhead, teasing us into looking up so our knees would give out and we’d tumble 270 feet down the hillside into Peregos Lake, the lagoon held in from the Puget Sound by a narrow spit, piled high with huge logs of driftwood. The descent down was steep, but the stroll south along the stony beach was nice. We stopped often to watch the ships go by and soak in the amazing weather. There is a toilet and (packed) parking lot on the south end of the trail where it loops back uphill (this is accessible from Hill Rd). This was a great, easy hike perfect for kids too, with a great chance to learn some local history in a breathtaking setting.

They know what they're doing...

They know what they're doing...



They're so tiny...

They're so tiny...


Totally not nervous

Totally not nervous



Perego's Lake and the spit

Perego's Lake and the spit



Directions: Take the Washington State Ferry from Mukilteo to Clinton on Whidbey Island. Continue north on State Route 525 for 19 miles to the junction with SR 20. Bear right onto SR 20 and continue for 5.5 miles to the town of Coupeville. At the traffic light, continue north on SR 20 for 0.8 mile, turning left onto Sherman Road. (From the north, the turnoff is 9 miles from Oak Harbor.) Proceed for 0.3 mile and turn right onto Cook Road. After another 0.3 mile reach the Prairie Overlook and trailhead

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2 Comments

  • Good news! This is one hike you will NOT have to take me on!! I got dizzy just looking at Spenser’s picture! Y’all are amazing!

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